I still remember sharing this verse from the Prophet Habakkuk at a church meeting in a congregation made up mostly of farmers. They had all experienced crop failure and other farming losses yet they still maintained their trust in the Lord. It made a big impression on me as a young pastor.
This is a close up of a bud on the fig tree in the backyard. Soon, more buds will sprout……more leaves will fill the branches. Then the fruit will come and grow and ripen. That’s the expectation.
That’s what’s supposed to happen.
But what if it doesn’t.
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
19 The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights.
For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.
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